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2010 Winning Essays

Thirteen winning essays from the 2010 contest year of the Young Naturalist Awards by students from grade 7 - 12. Winning essays ranged from an exploration of the exit tunnels made by the goldenrod gallfly, to the degradation of our fresh water systems, to a study of snapping turtles in an urban setting.

Hunter-6

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Cleaning the Water

With an appreciation for the scarcity of fresh drinkable water, this young naturalist set out to test methods for filtering the contaminated poultry house water on his family’s farm.

John-1

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Bear Brook: Strong Evidence of Pollution

To the human eye, Bear Brook seemed devoid of life. But was that really the case? See how this young naturalist investigated the brook's ability to sustain life.

Maia-2

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Trails in the Snow: The Effects of Reforestation on Mammal Distribution in the Baraboo Hills

The first snowfalls of winter have transformed the landscape into a pristine, silent, unscathed world. The sounds of birds and animals that are so casual in other seasons are now magnified by silence. The bark of a squirrel is crisp and suspended in time, like the lingering imprint her paws leave on the snow.  Winter is the invigorating cold, the silent struggles for survival, the stories written by paws and hooves on the snow; small details that could easily not be noticed.

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